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May 5 - 60 Meter HF Net Propagation Test Report

VOACAP Propagation Prediction
Thanks to all who participated in our May 5, 2016 Section wide HF Net propagation test.  The aim of this test was to confirm if a Section net could be conducted on 60 meters.

VOACAP Online predicts that both 60 meters and 75 meters are expected to support year-round NVIS propagation throughout our Sacramento Valley Section during our 0230 UTC Section net time.  A 60 meter Section net frequency could offer the benefits of lower atmospheric noise (QRN), no adjacent channel interference, and more efficient antennas for those with space limitations.

Net control station KP4MD in Citrus Heights (CM98iq) consisted of a FlexRadio 3000 transceiver on 5330.5 kHz USB, an LDG Z-11 ProII tuner and a 140 foot square horizontal Loop SkyWire antenna at 20 feet height with an effective radiated power of 100 watts PEP.  Ron Murdock, W6KJ in Yuba City assisted as relay station.

Compared to the April 14 propagation test, 60 meter propagation during this test was much improved with strong, mostly S9 signal strength from participating stations throughout the section.

Solar conditions 05 May 2016

Despite thunderstorm activity throughout the area, call signs, names, locations and signal reports were successfully passed among the 32 participating stations.

Conclusion: Section-wide communication was successfully established throughout the Sacramento Valley Section on 60 meters.

Participants and listeners may send comments and reception reports via e-mail to kp4md(at)

Thanks again to all who participated and contributed their feedback to this propagation test.

Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager

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Carol F. Milazzo,
Apr 16, 2016, 6:56 AM